Amazing isn’t it how sometimes songs you heard in your childhood but that didn’t really GRAB you back then can come back to you 20 years later and BLOW YOU AWAY!

SUPERNAUT by Black Sabbath of their 4th album, mysteriously titled “Black Sabbath Vol. 4”. What demon of the Underworld rose up to give Tony Iommi that marvelous riff? I haven’t been able to get it out of my head all day. And Ozzy’s lyrics!! Check them out:

I want to reach out and touch the sky
I want to touch the sun
But I don’t need to fly
I’m gonna climb up every mountain of the moon
And find a distant man a-waving his spoon

Okay Oz, you had me until the last line. You want to try it all, experience it all, taste it all. I’m with you brother, I really am. But a man waving a spoon? WTF? I know, “moon” is hard to rhyme without resorting to Buddy Holly “June”, “soon”. What about “And when I’m 60 I’ll look like a prune.”? That would have been accurate if not poetic.

I’ve crossed the ocean, turned every bend
I found the crossing near a golden rainbow’s end
I’ve been through magic and through life’s reality
I’ve lived a thousand years and it never bothered me

A thousand years! A man I can look up to. A transhumanist before we had such a word.

Got no religion, don’t need no friends
Got all I want and I don’t need to pretend
Don’t try to reach me, ’cause I’d tear up your mind
I’ve seen the future and I’ve left it behind

Me either Ozzy. Who needs friends? I’ve seen the future too and it ain’t pretty. I’m running it. Trust me. Not pretty.

And then at the 2’50”, after a blistering Iommi solo, we go from the heaviest riff in history into a… samba??? Cowhorns, pepper shakers, and washboard??? WTF???

I dunno, but I’m loving it. Worked out the riff on my guitar (not hard, five notes) and been playing it LOUD for my neighbour’s appreciation for the last 15 minutes.

Thank GOD for the Sabbs.

Get a preview of the track at Amazon. I do not recommend downloading the whole 2CD Best Of Black Sabbath from a torrent service like this one. That’s just not on kids.